DayBreaks for 12/10/14 – Who Are You?
It is one of the questions that people hate to be asked during an interview: “Tell me who you are.”
How would you answer that question? If you had one minute to give an answer, what would you say? Would you try to highlight your accomplishments? Would you talk about where you’ve lived, your education, your family? Would you get into things such as how you see your purpose and where you find meaning?
It may be that one of our own challenges is to know who we aren’t. There’s a story about a woman finding herself alone in an elevator with the famous and very handsome Robert Redford. As the elevator moved up the floors, the woman, like many of us might, found herself uncontrollably staring at the movie star. Finally, in her excitement and nervousness, she blurted out: “Are you the real Robert Redford?” To which Redford responded, “Only when I’m alone.”
That story reveals that Robert Redford is not simply another pretty face, but he has grown into a wisdom that must serve him well.
The one we know as John the Baptist was essentially asked that question and his response is enlightening: John 1:19-23 (NLT) – This was John’s testimony when the Jewish leaders sent priests and Temple assistants from Jerusalem to ask John, “Who are you?” He came right out and said, “I am not the Messiah.” “Well then, who are you?” they asked. “Are you Elijah?” “No,” he replied. “Are you the Prophet we are expecting?” “No.” “Then who are you? We need an answer for those who sent us. What do you have to say about yourself?” John replied in the words of the prophet Isaiah: “I am a voice shouting in the wilderness, ‘Clear the way for the LORD’s coming!’”
Robert Redford, like John the Baptist, he obviously knows who he is not. Sometimes we get confused and think we are more important than we are and our pride gets in the way as we try to puff ourselves up. But, when we are alone…the truth should be clear to us all. And it is always clear to God who is fooled by none of us!
PRAYER: Lord, we are often eager to blow our own horn and try to impress others. Help us to be done with hypocrisy and pretense and be the same person no matter who we are with or where we are. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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